Archive for Tastings/Events

WhiskyFest San Francisco 2009

I got to experience a few new-ish Bruichladdich expressions that I have written about but never tasted. I have to say that I really loved the Resurrection 2001 dram. It was a well-balanced expression and I find the range of whiskies that Bruichladdich produces to be a continual source of amazement. This is the first (I think) product since the new owners acquired the distillery in 2001. The Port Charlotte range also dates from that time frame, and I’m not sure which came first.

I also had the 16yr “First Growth” Series – A and B. They are very different! The effect of the wood on the whiskies is very unique. I believe that all these started out as 16yrs in ex-Bourbon barrels and then were migrated to the appropriate ex-burgundy casks. These were not as fruity or sweet as Sherried whiskies, but were wonderful nonetheless. Sadly, the First Growth Series is a bit out of my price range, but I think I’ll be having a Resurrection 2001 (and a Port Charlotte PC7) before the year is out.

Finally, it was a pleasure to meet Andrew Gray, one of the principals at BDC. I’ve exchanged many emails with him in the past and it was nice to personally welcome him to my home town.

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Holiday Party

No. That’s not a typo! My company has its holiday party after the end of our Fiscal Year, which ends 31-Jan. I’m looking forward to having some really fine whisk(e)y this evening and I’ll report back tomorrow.

Bruichladdich Tasting in SoCal

I saw that K&L was hosting this tasting event and was briefly hopeful that it was the K&L near Menlo Park, CA. Alas, it’s down in Hollywood. Oh well. At least I can share the info here.

If anyone goes, please comment back. I know this blog has had nearly 700 visitors, but I have no visibility into the geographic distribution, so I hope this posting helps someone in the Los Angeles area find out about what sounds like it will be an awesome event.